Sure, sleek strands and corkscrew curls are nice, but why not go for something different and a bit bolder this year? After all, if you can't let your hair down on New Year's Eve, when can you?
To give you some of the hottest styles to usher in 2011, we teamed up with celebrity hairstylist Mark Garrison, who owns a hip and trendy salon in New York City. Here are his mane suggestions for ringing in the new year.
Tight curls: Time to whomp it up! Lots of spiral curls give spunk and pizzazz -- not to mention a whole lot of sex appeal. Tyra Banks and Beyoncé have both pulled off this look. To style, start with a small curling iron and add tight spirals all over your head. Then use an oil spray for moisture, and defuse with a dryer. For added volume, give a little bump at the top and pin from behind. Add a curl cream mixed with gel to all strands, finger toss and finish with a medium-hold hairspray.
Uneven Lengths: Why not try a new cut for your big night out? A very trendy look right now is having one side longer than the other. It's edgy, unique and certainly attention-getting. We love how Rihanna carried off this look. When styling, go for a deep side part, using a flat iron and smoothing serum.
Crimped Hair: Get a crimping iron. If curly, smooth out hair first, and then crimp from roots to ends for this textured look. Side-part hair, pull the front strands over to the side and secure with a barrette. This is a sexy, chic and modern look.
Clip-in Hair Extensions: This is a brilliant way to spice up New Year's Eve. Go for the Jessica Simpson clip-ins to instantly transform shoulder-length strands to mid-back-length hair. You can also clip in individual extensions of contrasting color to add some flair. An extension should be clipped underneath so it peaks out. If your hair is dark, then contrast it with a lighter color or blond.
"Why wait another minute to break out and take flight?" asks Garrison. "Its New Year's Eve, so the time is right. Be bold, be brave, break the mold!"
Now that you've got the look, it's time for some festive hair accessories.
Want more holiday style ideas? Take these cues on what to wear -- and not wear -- for all of those festive parties!
And check out these 10 holiday makeup ideas.